PLOT A SUMMARY: Katie’s trying out for National Soccer Team, and while aggressively going for the ball she elbows another girl in the face, breaking the girl’s nose…Katie doesn’t apologize. She gets freaked out waiting for a callback because making the team is her dream. On top of that, she’s stressed out planning school events. She eventually receives a callback, and Marisol decides to take on event planning for her.
She kicks butt during the tryouts. She tries to apologize to the girl whose nose she broke, but the girl doesn’t believe her and retaliates by tripping Katie, injuring her knee. She wants to keep going, but her knee might be more hurt than she realizes. Her fear is that she will be like her mom (who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age), so Drew helps her get an appointment with a sports doctor. Katie doesn’t accept any of the options the doctor gives her for treatment because they’ll cause her to miss her shot at the National team, so she begs him to prescribe her pain meds…he refuses because of their addictive nature. At home Katie helps her mom fill her medicine container when Katie realizes her mom doesn’t take her prescribed codeine pills everyday. When her mom leaves the room, Katie decides to pop a couple, which relieves her knee pain and she’s able to practice flawlessly. Maya eventually catches Katie going for their mom’s pills, but promises not to rat Katie out. Katie reveals to Drew that she’s taking codeine and he only warns her to be careful.
After realizing Marisol can’t handle Degrassi Coffee House, Katie decides to take over. She takes some codeine and after the drugs kick in she tricks to help Jake set up the stage, but she gets herself stuck in the air on a scissor lift. She’s feeling overwhelmed and gets more frustrated when she googles things about soccer knee injuries. She decides to go to her tryout anyway and before she can do anything she falls to the ground in pain after hearing something snap in her knee. She doesn’t make the National team and learns she’ll need surgery to fix her knee. She’s disappointed, and we’re left watching Katie stare at her mom who is filling up her pill container.
I thought Part 2 was much better than Part 1. We got a stronger sense of Katie’s passion and desperation about wanting to make the National Soccer Team, on top of managing things at Degrassi. I’m glad we finally got to see this strong, overachieving side of her as opposed to her playing second fiddle to Drew or Marisol. While Part 1 was very straightforward, the writing became very clever in Part 2 in a multitude of ways: the “heavy machinery” foreshadowing was brilliant, topped off by Katie saying “I’m really high…fitting dialogue for a girl doped up on codeine and stuck on a scissor lift.
While Fiona’s presence caused Katie to take control of Degrassi Coffee House situation, I can only smile knowing that the show hasn’t forgotten about Fiona’s grudge, and they remind us she has no intentions of forgetting either until Katie and Marisol receive their just desserts. Another great thing this episode did was show us how incredibly easy it is to be an enabler. While Drew was more willing to shrug it off and just warn her to be careful, Maya obviously wanted to tell on Katie, but gave into Katie’s sob story because she didn’t want to be the reason Katie’s dreams were ruined. People don’t become dependent without some sort of help. And with the end of this episode hinting that Katie’s desire to take codeine isn’t over, it could be a long road for Ms. Matlin, even after she recovers from surgery. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that this isn’t “Peter Stone On Drugs 2.0.”
PLOT B SUMMARY: Jenna is stressed out because her songbook is still at KC’s place, which means she’ll have to talk to him in order to get it back. She arrives to class early one day and KC returns the book to her, as well as some other things: a couple of baby items and pictures of them as a family with Tyson. The items cause a flood of emotions to hit Jenna, but Alli tries to cheer her up by getting Jenna to sign up to sing a song at the Degrassi Coffee House event. Jenna writes and practices a song in the same room where Jake is building the set for Degrassi Coffee House. The two begin talking, and Jake reveals his breakup with Clare. He convinces Jenna to write a song that isn’t “happy.”
KC overhears Jenna talking to Jake about her song, which is about her and KC’s breakup. In class KC reads a scathing poem that indirectly blasts Jenna. Jenna wants to retaliate, but decides to play her original song (KC is in the audience listening). Afterward, KC tells Jenna that he realizes Jenna’s trying to get over what happened in her own way. The two walk away from each other on amicable terms.
This isn’t a mind-blowing, emotional plot that we’re now used to with Jenna and KC, but it serves as a very solid conclusion to the adoption storyline. I enjoyed the contrast between the ways that Jenna and KC were coping with the situation. Jenna using song to express her emotions felt very natural because music is an outlet to her and she wanted to move on, while it seemed like KC’s pain made him determined to sort of “stick it” to Jenna.
It’s good to see them both becoming more mature…especially KC, who before now probably would’ve blamed everyone but himself for his problems.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Tristan and Tori are working on their West Drive vlog when Tori abruptly leaves to hang out with her boyfriend Zig. Tristan goes to his brother Owen for advice and Owen reluctantly gives him some…he tells Tristan to tell Tori that Zig called her fat. Tristan does so, but immediately confesses after Tori starts crying. Tori is furious that Tristan would lie to her. Tristan tricks Tori and Zig into meeting each other at The Dot so that he can apologize to both of them. He admits that he’s jealous of Zig and Tori’s relationship, and the three decide to perform a song together for Degrassi Coffee House. Zig doesn’t really like the idea because it’s a duet and there’s no part for him, so Tristan writes him a part. However, Zig reveals that he’s written a rap, and with Tori liking the rap and thinking Tristan’s song is campy, Tristan storms off. After another talk with his brother Owen, Tristan decides to do his song whether or not he has Tori and Zig’s support. As he’s singing the crowd makes fun of him, so Tori joins Tristan to make it a duet. They’re able to coax Zig into doing his rap, and their performance gets a standing ovation.
The niners have appeared in the first four episodes, and they have done a good job of immediately contributing to the show. Even if people consider it filler material, it’s STRONG, and there’s nothing wrong with filler if it’s good. I continue to enjoy and be impressed by Tori and Tristan’s cheesy friendship. While I’m liking Maya, Tori and Tristan so far, I’m still on the bubble about Zig…that’s only because like when Jake first started the show, he’s just there. I’m not sure if there will ever be a clear explanation about Owen’s past homophobic actions, but the interaction between him and Tristan in this episode did not disappoint.
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